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Birth Name: Ray Walston
Born: 12/02/1914
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Death Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Died: 01/01/2001

After leaving his native Louisiana, Walston began his acting career in regional theater before landing a role in the legendary Maurice Evans production of "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1945. He worked steadily in New York theater throughout the late 1940s and early 50s, frequently collaborating with celebrated theater producer and director George Abbott. Walston reached his theatrical peak in the musical "Damn Yankees" (1955) playing Applegate, the devil/narrator, a performance which not only made him the toast of Broadway but garnered him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical too.

After guest appearances on anthology TV series "Suspense" and "Playhouse 90" in the 50s, he debuted as a regular... Continue Bio >>

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